Football: Late Parejo penalty gives Valencia first LaLiga win of season

Valencia's midfielder Dani Paerjo celebrates the second goal against Alaves.
Valencia's midfielder Dani Paerjo celebrates the second goal against Alaves. PHOTO: EPA

Madrid (AFP) - Valencia earned their first win and points of the season as Daniel Parejo's late penalty gave them a 2-1 success at home to Alaves on Thursday (Sept 22).

Valencia came into the match bottom of La Liga having sacked coach Pako Ayestaran following four straight defeats to start the season.

But an own goal from Victor Laguardia on 28 minutes gave them the lead before Gaizka Toquero equalised for Alaves on the stroke of half-time.

But when substitute Zakaria Bakkali drove into the box four minutes from time, he was tripped by Marcos Llorente and Parejo sent goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco the wrong way from the spot.

The three points moved Valencia up two places but they remain in the relegation zone.

Osasuna, who lost 2-1 at home to Espanyol, dropped to the bottom.

That win moved Espanyol out of the relegation zone and up to 15th.

Alaves remain in midtable after losing for the first time this season.

In the day's other match, Leganes won 2-1 at Deportivo La Coruna, leaving both in mid-table.